Obsidian – #RomanticTuesday #DarkLovePoetry

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Black 1

Shards of Obscurity

Empty Depths of Prose

Collection of Memory

Like Obsidian Rose

Black 4

Lost in the Shadows

Of Jet Perception

Lingering Emptiness

In Vacuous Reception

Black 3

Bleak and Ethereal

Starless Black Sky

Swirls of Sweet Lethargy

As I Succumb and Sigh

Black 2

Tapestry of Darkness

Serenade of Austerity

Whisper in the heavy Hush

Enticing All of Me!

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~Morgan~
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This Breathless Moment – #RomanticTuesday #LovePoetry

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This Breathless Moment

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Touch me

With the Delicate Splendour of

Your Hands

Sing to me

With your Gentlest Whisper

Kiss me

With the Exquisite Perfection of

Your Mouth

Serenade me

With the Music of

Your Sweetest Sighs

Unravel me

With the Passionate Intensity of

Your Expressive Stare

Beguile me

With the Wondrous Oeuvre of

Your Body

Share with me

This Breathless Moment,

Enraptured Together

As the Blissful Night

Slowly Unfolds.

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~Morgan~

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Whims – #RomanticTuesday #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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Whims

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The Spirals of shadowy night

Entwine and Imbue

With Solicitous, Duplicitous

Intoxications of Hue

Delighting

Distracting

The Whims of my Heart

Sparkling Effervescence

To Subtly Impart

 

The Tapestry of Candlelit Hours

Whisper Sublime

Like Tempestuous, Ingenuous

Drops of Sweet Wine

Beguiling

Inspiring

The Whims of my Yearning

Splendour Embodied by You

Passionately Burning!

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Day 6 of 365
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Quagmire – #50WordStories #MicroFiction – #WritersBlock

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Sliding sidewards in a quagmire of syntax while the horizon of vocabulary and grammar dwindles.  A pitter-patter of footsteps peals through the melancholic taciturnity as those once bidden dissipate into the void.  Hands poised o’er unresponsive keys, space become a blade I seek to devour to escape the inescapable hush.

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~Morgan~

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Original Artwork by:  Lunagraph – DeviantArt

Balance – #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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Quietly She Whispers

Among the golden glaze

Of Richly Verdant Splendor

Painted with Autumn’s haze;

Softly She is Singing

‘Twixt interplay of shadow and Light,

A Diamante Rhapsody

Of non-verbal Delight.

 

Often you can hear Her

As she walks among the trees,

Her Auburn tresses fluttering

In the Vibrant, Lilting Breeze;

Yet, only when you Pause

Will you See her Smiles and Dancing;

Only when you truly Look

And are not merely Glancing.

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Day 5 of 365
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Delicate Charm – #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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There is a Delicate Charm

And magnificent Splendour

To the infinitesimal

With gladness engendered,

Lush Beauty reigns

In each blade of grass,

A Wealth of Simplicity

Unsurpassed.

 

There is Delicate Charm

In the tenderest fire,

Whether blushing rose

Or brindled briar,

That speaks in Harmony

With all that breathes,

Whistling on the wind

As it Delicately Frees!

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Day 4 of 365
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In The Lime Light – #AuthorInterview with James J. Cudney

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Today I am talking with fellow Creativia author James J. Cudney.  Hi James. …oh sorry, you like Jay,,.. Hi Jay!

Please tell us a little about yourself and your writing:

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. I typically write in contemporary or historical fiction, mystery, thriller or suspense, with a focus on family drama.

Outside of writing, I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Tell us about your book(s): 

Watching Glass Shatter, my debut novel, a contemporary fiction and family saga novel, was published on October 8th, 2017. It’s a 6-month look at a family affected by the death of the patriarch and a secret he leaves behind in his will. The secrets send his widow, Olivia, on a journey to re-connect with each of their 5 adult sons before she learns the full extent of something that happened many years ago to Ben. The book is structured to show important scenes in each family member’s life, alternating chapters for all the major characters. Readers get to see each family member’s grief, but they also learn of more secrets being kept from Olivia and her eventual reactions to each off them. As she begins to unfold the mystery, the story brings everyone back together for a family meeting which should have taken place years ago. It’s almost too late when it finally happens, but through it all, every card is put on the table and the walls are broken down. Some characters will be ok; some will not be. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. I also just announced there will be a sequel in the Fall of 2018 which will have a similar look at what happens to the family after everything is finally revealed – or was it!

Father Figure, my second novel, in its final editing stage, will be released in early 2018. It’s the story of two women, separated by about twenty years, each trying to discover who they are. Amalia Graeme suffers at the hands of a vindictive mother, but she desperate to find love and escape her small Mississippi town. In Brianna Porter’s story, which takes place 20 years later in NYC, she finds a connection to Amalia while trying to locate the father she never knew. In alternating chapters, each woman’s life takes a few steps towards something positive, but she is pushed back down by the people around her. Readers will see what happens in one chapter and then understand the impact on the other woman nearly 20 years later in the next chapter. It’s a story about parents, children, love, loneliness, maturity and devastation. No characters are safe from loss in this one, especially when someone is desperate to keep a secret hidden. Ultimately, Amalia wants her freedom and Brianna wants to meet her father. Unfortunately, those two things cannot happen at the same time.  

Are you a painstaking plotter or are you a discovery writer?

I am a painstaking plotter. I write a very detailed 30-page outline before I begin writing the story. Once I have a very strong handle on the story, I will entertain changes along the way as characters speak to me and idea appear. Let’s say 90% plotter and 10% discovery! 

Although it’s often hard to select just one, do you have a favourite or least favourite character? 

I adore everyone in the Glass family, from my first novel. Ultimately, I have two favorite characters. One is Olivia, the matriarch who must address all the secrets in the family. The second I cannot reveal until 11/20 after my “favorite character” poll is completed. I am planning a surprise for fans of my work which is dependent upon which character wins this poll. To see more, check out:

Watching Glass Shatter – FAVORITE CHARACTER POLL

What do you feel is your best advice to share with other aspiring authors? 

Writers need to know why they write before they can be successful. It’s a bit like knowing your objective or goal with anything. Until you know the outcome, it’s hard to navigate a path or even know when you’re truly finished. If it’s fame and fortune, then you have to spend equally as much time marketing and promoting as you do writing. If it’s creativity, and all about reaching people, then write great stories and post them free on as many sites as possible. If it’s a balance of both, you need to do something every day to work towards your goal, whether it’s writing 500 words or sending out a few tweets. Knowing your tone, style and voice as a writer, but also as an author and a person, is equally as important to your success. 

To give readers an idea what you offer, are you willing to share a brief excerpt from your book? 

“Because one by one, I’m losing them. I’ll never again have those intense innocent dreams. I’ll never be that little girl who imagines falling in love, stripping petals off a forget-me-not until the last one says, ‘he loves me so.’ I won’t ever get to dance in a magic that heals the world. And my heart knows what darkness lies in wait each night, stealing a piece with every sun that sets and moon that rises.”

Olivia’s eyes glistened from the stars yet to disappear across the morning sky. She couldn’t cry anymore even if she wanted to. “Was I a good mother?” She screamed at the top of her lungs, long and piercing, scattering a few birds out of the trees above them.

Diane covered her ears as she rushed over to her sister. She at first went to cradle her and provide comfort, but a wave of energy consumed Diane, and she instead shoved Olivia into the pool. Diane’s hands trembled as she watched what she’d done, releasing the pressure from a seventy-year-old radiator valve long overdue. A gasping hiss rose above the pool’s gentle waves.

As she sunk to the pool floor, Olivia found relief forming within her body from finally telling someone else what had transpired. Kicking her feet with the swiftness of a school of fish escaping a shark, she shot to the surface and swam to the edge for safety. “Was that necessary?”

“I’m sorry, Liv. I… I… thought it would help. You were so intense.” Diane’s eyes shined as though she suddenly realized everything Olivia had spewed. “What do you mean dying?” 

Do you have a blog?  What is the link? 

Yes, This Is My Truth now started in early 2017 and can be found @ https://thisismytruthnow.com. I have over 500 book reviews, author profiles with Q&A, the revealing 365 Daily Challenge and fun polls, awards and tags. There’s something for everyone!

What do you enjoy writing about most?

Family connections, relationships, secrets and drama. It’s what we live every day, but if I can do it in a way where readers both learn and enjoy themselves, I’m completely in my element.

OK, now the part that most authors dislike (bwa-hahaha!) Please tell us about YOU and Describe yourself in 5 words: 

Organized, Introspective, Obsessive, Open-Minded, Eclectic

When you are NOT writing, do you have a favourite pastime? 

Genealogy. I’ve assembled a family tree going back to the 1700s with about 2500 people. I love researching past connections and finding new branches to explore.

Do you have a Rule to Live By? 

It’s as simple as “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” I have very high expectations for myself and for other people; I try to do the fair thing on all occasions. It’s hard to balance getting your feelings hurt with progress, but I try not to take anything personally. I just want to help people figure out how to be more careful and considerate. 

Is there a “Charity” or “Cause” you feel passionately about & Why?

I’m an animal lover, so pet care is very important to me.

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You can find Jay at his social places here:

Jay’s blog has the 365 Daily Challenge which is fun for people to follow and interact with me.  He chooses a word that says something about him and relates it to other people. You’re sure to find an embarrassing confessional of a characteristic or story about him revealed each day AND he has a blog tour running.

On this blog tour, you will find: Several opportunities to win e-versions (ePub, MOBI or PDF) of the book via special GIVEAWAYS In-depth interviews with the author about everything from the book to his personal life ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ Book Reviews Videos with the Author & Friends Special news about the Glass family and future book releases!

Jay also has a Goodreads Giveaway running from  11/10 – 11/30: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/263554-watching-glass-shatter
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Thanks so much Jay for sharing so much about yourself.  Best Wishes for your success!
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~Morgan~

Bountiful Harvest – #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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This Bountiful Harvest

Laid before a Thankful Heart

Shared in the Generosity of Spirit

Finds Expression in small seeds of Kindness

As the rush and hustle of day to day

Dwindles at the Banquet

And all those who Pause to Enjoy the Feast

Find Renewal in the succulent Simplicity.

 

Dance then upon the table of Life

Lifting Spirits with your seeds of Grace

Whispering in Lush Harmonious tones

Of the Beauty this place has to offer,

Sing in Symphonic Unity

With the birds of the air and the lambs of the field

Reaping a Harvest of Magnanimity

In the Splendid repast of Rhyme!

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Day 3 of 365
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In The Lime Light #AuthorInterview – A.J. Griffiths-Jones

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Today I’d like to introduce you to A.J.Griffiths-Jones who was born near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. She has traveled extensively in her career and has recently returned to England after ten years working as Language Training Manager for a prominent bank in Shanghai.  A.J. has studied genealogy for many years and has a special interest in the world of Victorian crime.

After researching the life of notorious poisoner Dr.Thomas Neill Cream for many years, her debut book ‘Prisoner 4374’ was published in May 2015.
She is currently working on a second ‘Jack the Ripper’ related book, together with a series of novels.

Hi A.J. Please Introduce us to your Blog.  What is it all about?   What sorts of posts do you lean towards?

I like to keep my website as varied as possible as I have a lot of interests & I’m very aware that my readers come from all walks of life. I post book reviews, original recipes that I’ve created, updates on my historical research, things that I love & I have recently started interviewing celebrities in a page called ‘Five Minutes With…’where they are asked a few random questions for fun. 

What Inspires and stirs your creativity?

I’ve always been inspired by history, in any shape or form, whether it be people, events or fashion. I love to research a subject first & then put a new spin on an old tale.

Conversely, what do you find difficult to write about?

I am hopeless at writing about romance. I’m a bit of a closed book when it comes to emotions & any scenes that require a splash of love I struggle with.

What Message, if any, do you hope to Share through your blog/posts?

I would love for my readers to grasp how much time & effort goes into creating a book & to understand that not authors are millionaires. There are so many fantastic writers struggling to get their books seen & talked about, so I try to introduce new & upcoming authors at every opportunity.

How has your blog helped you as a writer/Indie Author? What things have you learned along the way that you never anticipated?

I have earned a lot of respect in crime circles, that being my main area of expertise & interest, which has given me the opportunity to share parts of my work that my readers wouldn’t usually be exposed to. It’s also taught me never to take things for granted, as you never know what’s just around the corner. 

What Inspired you to write your book?

I have been researching the unsolved crimes of ‘Jack the Ripper’ for as long as I can remember & after a serious illness I was unable to work, which gave me the opportunity to create my first book. After that, I decided to try my hand at writing cosy mysteries, inspired by tales that my grandmother had told me. Five mystery books later, I’m now looking at new ways to challenge myself.

From what Point of View do you prefer to write? Is there a reason?

I like to put myself in the shoes of the person that I’m writing about, to imagine what they’re seeing, thinking, doing & even smelling, to try to get a very real perspective on my characters. My first book, ‘Prisoner 4374’ was written in an autobiographical sense & really helped readers to understand the man behind the crimes.

How would you describe your “Voice” or Style of writing?

I have a very dry sense of humour which I think shows through in my writing. My characters often roll their eyes or have exaggerated mannerisms & quirky personalities. I can be quite ‘deep’ too, depending on what I’m working on & I’m not afraid to experiment with different styles.

What genre do you prefer to write or are you truly eclectic?

I prefer historical crime but realise that to grow as a writer I must be prepared to try different genres. I recently completed my very first children’s book, which was completely out of my comfort zone. I’m pleased with the result and it’s helped me to explore a whole new creative side that I didn’t know I had.

Do you painstakingly plot out your story; are you a discovery writer or a bit of both? Why?

I always plot out the bare bones of my stories & create the characters by making profiles before starting. I like to know everything about them before writing, their likes/dislikes, how they’re connected to other characters, what they look like, how they speak etc. The only thing that I don’t do is decide upon the ending, I like my characters to lead me along & shock me in the last chapter.

Do you have a favourite or least favourite character? And Why?

My favourite character is Grace from ‘The Seasiders’, the long suffering wife of lazy, overweight Dick. Set in the 1960s, this book shows how traditional women were in those days, taking care of the home, cooking meals from scratch every day & treating a night out at the local pub as a big event. Grace is also a free spirit in her own way, which readers will see as they progress through the tale, and she has a few ingenious surprises up her sleeve!

Share an insight or secret about your book(s). 

When writing ‘Prisoner 4374’, my Ripper suspect book, I put up photographs of Dr. Cream, my subject, on my desk & all the writing was done at night by candlelight, because I wanted to feel as though he were penning his own story. I’ve used actual sentences from Cream’s prison files & letters to add to the authenticity and there are actually two chapters in the book that feel more like they came directly from me than him. Weird I know but it works well.

What do you feel is your best advice to share with other aspiring authors?

I believe that there is a reader for everyone. You can’t expect to write a bestseller first time around, and you may need to try several different genres before you find your comfort zone but keep at it & listen to your readers.

Would you like to share an excerpt from the book or a poem or two to give readers an idea what you offer?

This is from ‘Prisoner 4374’, the end of Chapter Nine : ‘For now I will leave you with the vision of Dr. Thomas Neill relaxing in front of a roaring fire, with legs stretched out akimbo, boots strewn across the floor and a good book at his side. A plentiful supply of opiates lined the infamous medical bag and a fully replenished stream of murderous deeds furnished the good doctor’s dreams. Life was grand, and it was just about to get better.’

If you had to describe yourself to someone who has never met you, what might you say?

I’m easy going & take life one day at a time. I’m passionate about things that I believe in & non-confrontational about the things I don’t agree with, although I don’t take criticism easily. I’m young in my outlook & terrified of old age but I try to enjoy everything that I do & live life to the full.

If you could meet one person from the past, who might it be and why?

I would love to meet Albert Einstein. He was an eccentric genius, with a crazy fashion sense. I’d love to hear his thoughts on today’s world & with that twinkle in his eye, I know we’d have a good giggle.

When you are NOT writing, what is your favourite pastime?

I love travelling & with that comes reading, naturally. Having lived in China for a decade, I’m very curious about other cultures & lifestyles. After finishing writing each new book, I usually book a holiday with my husband & most of the time it’s to a different location. This also gives me chance to catch up on some new author’s work & recharge my batteries, so to speak.

Describe Your Dream Getaway Destination.  Have you ever been there?  What makes this place Irresistible to you?

I love New Zealand. We travelled around both islands in a winnebago about seven years ago & the scenery was spectacular. Some days we would be on the road & not see another vehicle for hours. You can be on a beach watching seals at breakfast & have supper in the shadow of a mountain glacier, it’s just the most diverse country that I’ve ever been to.

Do you have a Mantra?

Work hard, play hard. Seriously, you only get one shot at life so I work hard & then enjoy the fruits of my labour with some serious relaxation. I’m married but don’t have children which gives us the freedom to explore the globe & chill out with spa breaks, but when we’re working, we work very, very hard.

What “Charity” or “Cause” do you feel passionately about & Why?

I’m passionate about many charities & causes but having had friends & family members who’ve had cancer, I would have to say that the MacMillan Trust is top of my list. The nurses there do a fantastic job of caring for both the ill & their family members and very often go above & beyond their duties to ensure that the cancer treatment, after effects and sometimes death, is dealt with in the most sympathetic & professional manner. They really are amazing.

You can find AJ at her social places:

Twitter : @authoraj66
Facebook : A.J. Griffiths-Jones Author Page & We Love AJ’s Award-Winning Books
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~Morgan~

#FridayFantasy – Hvyyrbachvra – #FantasyPreview

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Icy rain fell upon the inhospitable encampment of Legionnaires until the deepest hours, mid of night; yet when it subsided, replaced by seeking, numbing cold that permeated to the bone.  Those among the ranks of the Demonfey received ample protection from the biting chill in tents that were sufficiently weatherproofed, and these warriors were additionally supplied with warm woolen blankets and interior sources of heat to fend off the cold while those recently mustered, who were deemed expendable, were left to huddle together with a meager, sulfurous fire their only source of warmth.

In order to gain any measure of comfort and to avert the worst of the fire’s fumes, most of the new recruits covered their faces with bands of cloth torn from their already shoddy uniforms, but others were unable to tolerate the malodorous reek of the insignificant fire.  These frequently retreated into the darkness where the air was less foul, but being any distance from the conflagration meant they were forced to endure the permeating cold unprotected, which lead them to wrap their wings round themselves in a vain attempt to keep warm until the queasy sensation produced by the sulfur fumes abated and they could return to the ineffectual warmth of the fire.  Restively passing the long hours of the night in this exhausting manner, these ill-fated Fey greeted the gray-green light of new day with weary gazes and limbs numbed by the frosty conditions as they awaited their fate with the grim resolve of the hopeless. …..

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A Preview of Dark Fey Breaking Into The Light

Discover more about Dark Fey

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#FridayFantasy – Bridge – #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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In the Silence the Portal waits

A crossing most Enchanting,

Moving all who find its Magic,

Mysteriously supplanting.

The Bridge resides in barren blues,

It Sees, It Lives, It Breaths;

Hidden in the Silent realm

Beneath the forest’s eaves.

 

In the Hush the crossing Lingers

A fragment of sweet Yesterday;

Entrance into lands unknown,

A long-forgotten byway.

The bridge exists in the in-between,

Beyond the grasp of mortal ken,

Waiting for the Long-Lost Souls

To Remember When!

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Day 2 of 365
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Idyll Poetry Daily Challenge – Diamond Simplicity – #PoetryChallenge

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Today I shall embark upon another year of Poetic Inspiration!  Crazy? Probably, but Marvelously Rewarding as well.  After an entire year of Haiku, one might think the prospect of staring at another full year of prompted writing would be daunting, and one might be right (or Write, depending!) However, if you know anything about me at all, it’s that my love for words and poetry is nearly as boundless as my delight in finding new ways to express that wealth of emotion.

SO, today marks Day One out of 365 in the Idyll Poetry Daily Challenge!!!

What is an Idyll poem?  Funny you should ask.

An Idyll poem is a short poem that creates a story and paints a picture of everyday life, while making things that at first seem simple much more important. In a world that always seems to be moving so fast, this type of poem is great because it helps the poet and the reader to appreciate the small things in life. Sometimes, you just need to stop and smell the roses!

Quick stats

Idyll poems are short: Approx. 16 lines
Topics focus on the importance of the small things in daily life
Ingredients usually include: People and animals in a natural surroundings
Dates back to: Ancient Greece **

Sounds Perfect! After all, much of my own poetry and writing evolves around the principles of Finding Calm, Enjoying Nature, and Living Harmoniously, so what could be better than a year’s worth of poetry lauding the same?

As such, each day I shall select an image that Inspires and allow the Spirit of Expression free reign!  I hope you will enjoy what that Spirit Inspires and might choose to Sing Along!

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Walking in the garden

Beneath the blushing auburn sky,

Gaze blissfully enraptured,

Heart enigmatically wondering why;

Why should it be so challenging

To Walk and See the Grandeur

Of this Diamond Simplicity

In riches named so poor?

 

Upon the burnished red-bud

Blooming in sweet glory;

Lilting through the music

Of the Sparrow’s humble story;

Caroling in timeless refrain

Through gilded star-lit skies,

Through these simples Blessings

The Spirit Laughs and Sighs!

 

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** Italicized Excerpt taken from  http://www.powerpoetry.org **

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So This is What Eternity Looks Like – Into Eternity #5Star #BookReview

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“So this is what Eternity looks like.”  I felt the jaded disappointment in those words.  I understood the sensation of wonder and the longing that could never be fulfilled.  Although these words are spoken by a supporting character that only comes into the story in the second book of the series, they carry the sentiment of the entire trilogy.

Into Eternity took me on the final leg of a journey I never expected and could not have anticipated.  It swept me off into lands unknown that were hauntingly familiar. As the dystopian landscape unfolded before me with horrifying clarity, the poignancy of this Vampire-Introspective-SciFi-Mindbender became all too clear and, like the masterfully developed characters that drew me into their tale, I experienced their terror, bitterness, and skeptical hope right along with them through page after page of plot twists that kept me guessing, literally, right up to the closing chapter.

Richard M. Ankers has woven a unique and unforgettable saga through the voices and lives of those we typically fear or despise; altering our own perceptions right along with the characters of this brilliantly penned epic.

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Queen Serena and her allies have fled the Nordic massacre, taking Princess Linka with them. For Jean, it’s heartbreak; for Merryweather and the abandoned Aurora, far worse. Not even the return of a broken Prince Grella and a dramatic escape from an obliterated Hvit softens the blow of their loss. Tempers flare and the pursuit resumes.

Leaving the Arctic ice behind, Jean and the others must reconcile with both current and past deaths, as they close in on the Baltic home of the hated Duke Gorgon. Here, their enemies gather and confrontation is inevitable.

Under Merryweather’s frustrating tutelage, Jean marches from one infuriating revelation to another, but as the lies unravel and the truth unfurls, he discovers the Britannian is not the fool he’s taken him for. The enigmatic Merryweather appears the key to the greatest mystery of all. But will he ever show his true colors?

In the stunning climax to The Eternals Series, a brooding Jean must do what he’s never done before: place his trust in others. For only at the end of all things, as the sun dies and Shangri-La falls, will Jean know what it means to step Into Eternity.

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Discover the Extraordinary Trilogy here

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~Morgan~

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